Quinton de Kock named South Africa’s ODI captain
South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has been named as the new captain in the shorter format of the game.
Quinton de Kock has replaced Faf du Plessis as the new ODI captain of South Africa. He will be leading the side in the upcoming three-match series against England, starting on February 4.
Meanwhile, Du Plessis has been surprisingly left out of the 15-man squad to face England. Du Plessis led his country in 39 ODI matches, with South Africa winning 28 and losing 10of them. His captaincy in the longer format of the game has also been under scrutiny with South Africa slipping to seven losses in their last eight Tests.
On the other hand, South Africa have included five uncapped players – Lutho Sipamla, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne.- in the squad. Sipamla, the fast bowler, made his List A debut only in 2017.
CSA Acting Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said in the press conference:
“We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become. Over the years, we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart.”
“We are confident that the new leadership role will bring out the best in him as a cricketer and that he can take the team forward into the future and produce results that South Africans the world over can be very proud of. We wish him the very best in this new role and look forward to watching him make his mark in this series against the World Cup Champions,” he added.
SQUAD: Quinton de Kock (c), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne